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The Forum on Workplace Inclusion Launches Professional Development Labs

The forum on Workplace inclusion and Augsburg University logosThe Forum on Workplace Inclusion, a program of Augsburg University, is launching a new learning opportunity: Professional Development Labs. Each PDL is a half-day mini conference that focuses on a specific industry or topic, and participants will come away with a goal-oriented action plan.

The first PDL, “Engaging Religious Diversity in the Workplace: Building Your Interfaith Strategy and Skillset,” will be 12-4 p.m. Central on Monday, November 8. This online PDL, created in conjunction with Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), will help participants learn why engaging religious diversity matters in the workplace, identify concrete skills to engage religious diversity and enhance workplace culture, and create a customized action plan for how to engage religious diversity productively in the workplace. Participants can choose from three action planning breakout sessions: Simple First Steps to Engaging Religious Diversity in Your Workplace; What Happens When Conflict Arises?: Addressing Challenging Religious Diversity Scenarios at Work; or Formalizing Interfaith Engagement: Creating an Interfaith Employee Resource Group in Your Workplace. The presenters will include Eboo Patel (IFYC), Farah Siddiqui (Salesforce), and Megan Hughes Johnson (IFYC). More information and a registration link are available on this PDL’s webpage.

Two additional PDLs on topics yet to be determined will be scheduled for 2021-22.

Augsburg’s River Semester Featured in La Crosse Tribune

Joe Underhill
Professor Joe Underhill

The La Crosse Tribune ran a story about Augsburg’s River Semester, “Augsburg students stop in La Crosse during ‘Semester on the River,’” on September 26. The story, which includes photos of the catamarans the students are using to travel down the Mississippi, gives readers a snapshot of the experience. Professor Joe Underhill and student Zoe Barany ’23 spoke with the reporter about the experience. “What I learn I will carry with me for the rest of my life,” Barany said.

Augsburg Is Ranked Fourth for Undergraduate Teaching Among Midwest Regional Universities

Augsburg University has received recognition for its undergraduate teaching in U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges rankings. The publisher placed Augsburg fourth for its commitment to teaching undergraduates among Midwest regional universities. It also ranked #24 among best regional universities in the Midwest and #38 among best colleges for veterans.

Business joint commentary by Paul Pribbenow and Fairview CEO James Hereford on Star Tribune

Star Tribune logoStar Tribune recently published in their business forum section a joint commentary written by Augsburg President Paul Pribbenow and Fairview CEO James Hereford, who also serves in Augsburg’s Board of Regents. The publication focuses on how both Augsburg University and Fairview Health Services, while focused on their specific missions through the pandemic, have also continued to embrace their responsibilities as the anchor institutions that their communities rely on, specifically in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

Read the publication at the Star Tribune website.

Augsburg Alum Dua Saleh ’17 Plays New Character in Netflix’s ‘Sex Education’

Dua Saleh ’17 plays the new character Cal in the third season of the award-winning Netflix show “Sex Education,” available now. Cal is the first non-binary character on the show. Saleh has been written up for their new role in publications such as Newsweek and Teen Vogue. You also can also find an interview with Saleh, “Meet the Actor Playing ‘Sex-Education’s’ New Non-Binary Character Cal,” on Netflix’s website.

Announcing El-Hibri Endowed Executive Directorship for the Interfaith Institute

Nancy and Fuad El-Hibri
Nancy and Fuad El-Hibri

Augsburg University announces that a significant gift has been made for a new leadership position: the El-Hibri Endowed Executive Directorship for the Interfaith Institute.

This new role is thanks to a gift from Fuad and Nancy El-Hibri. They first learned of Augsburg while researching higher education options for their son Karim, who was in recovery from substance issues. The family has been actively engaged with the university since then and Karim has meanwhile graduated from Augsburg’s StepUP program.

In 2019, Augsburg University established Interfaith at Augsburg: An Institute to Promote Interreligious Leadership. This program illustrates the many ways in which our commitment to interfaith learning and leadership can shape our work on campus and in the wider community, and this work requires a strategic leader and distinguished scholar to provide direction.

Learn more.


Nearly 100 Augsburg University undergraduate students were named to the 2021 Summer Semester Dean’sUniversity Seal List. The Augsburg University Dean’s List recognizes those full-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and those part-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.75 or higher in a given term.

View the 2021 Summer Semester Dean’s List.

Students who wish to notify their hometown newspapers of their achievement can do so at their discretion using a news announcement template.


Star Tribune Highlights Augsburg-affiliated Sod House Theater Production

Sod House Theater, co-founded by Darcey Engen ’88, professor and chair of Augsburg’s Department of Theater Arts, is offering a new production in September and October: “Arla Mae’s Booyah Wagon.”

The show was described as “a delicious comedy” in the Star Tribune’s weekly “Our Friday Best” column on August 26.

Engen and her husband, Luverne Seifert ’83, who co-founded the theater with her, serve as its co-artistic directors.